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good morning, everyone. and welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm barbara harrison. it's friday, july 29th, 2011. right now, lawmakers are reacting to a statement just minutes ago by president obama. the president's call for bipartisan compromise comes just hours after a vote in the house on a debt limit bill was delayed indefinitely. today, house speaker john boehner is trying to reschedule that vote. it was postponed yesterday when he couldn't get enough support. but lawmakers are running out of time, as we said. they only have four days left to strike a deal. democratic leaders have said that no one in their party
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intended to support boehner's measure at all. and today the treasury department may introduce an emergency plan. president obama spoke about the crisis just a few minutes ago. >> what's clear now is that any solution to avoid default must be bipartisan. it must have the support of both parties that were sent here to represent the american people. not just one faction. it will have to have the support of both the house and the senate. and there are multiple ways to resolve this problem. and today i urge democrats and republicans in the senate to find common ground on a plan they can get support, what can get support from both parties in the house. a plan that i can sign by tuesday. >> there's no word on if a vote will happen today. boehner says the house will remain in session over the weekend until a deal is reached. we're also keeping an eye on wall street right now. the debt crisis and bad news on economic growth has pushed the
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dow much lower this morning. we're going to get an update from cnbc later in this newscast. if lawmakers do not reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, the stock market is sure to fall even lower. but many are wondering this morning what the true impact on default will be. news 4's elaine reyes is standing live on capitol hill and has more for us on this part of the story. elaine, good morning. >> good morning, barbara. the clock isn't stopping and the pressure is mounting on capitol hill. in fact, democrats are already making a plan in the senate, taking over if something doesn't happen there. and as you heard, the president reminded lawmakers that americans will be greatly affected if the government defaults. >> what's going on in the house is a disgrace. it is an outrage. >> the republicans are holding hostage the credit of the united states of america. >> -- what we need to do is be playing around with august the 2nd. >> reporter: now, failure to
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reach a debt ceiling deal could mean a jump in interest rates. it will cost americans more to buy a house or a car. the value of the dollar could also go down and there could be a delay in getting social security or medicaid payments. also, retirement accounts could also see a dent if there's a default. >> obviously, the markets would like to see certainty. the american family would like to see certainty. the business community would like to see certainty. >> if it costs the government more to borrow money, there's a big trickle-down effect. it costs companies more, it costs individuals more. and that means people and company will have less money to hire, they'll have less money to spend. that's bad for the economy overall. >> not only does the federal government borrowing costs go up by over $100 billion, but the same thing with states, and it will go right downstream. >> reporter: so americans could also get local and state governments get their credit ratings downgraded as well. it looks like it's going to be
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another long -- >> elaine, thank you so much for that report. we're losing her audio there. we'll soon have a better idea of what the district plans to do if a debt deal is not reached. according to the "washington examine examiner", kwame brown asked the city's chief financial officer and members of mayor gray's administration to brief the council on the district's debt crisis contingency plan. that meeting will be held on monday. a truck driver is facing charges today after police say he caused a major accident that snarled traffic on 95 in woodbridge. police say the driver didn't stop when traffic slowed for another accident on southbound 95 early this morning. his truck struck another truck in front of him. that truck hit a truck next to it. and that vehicle spun around and landed on the other side of the guardrail. the accident caused a mess, but thankfully no one was killed. turning to the weather now, and a heat advisory. the morning sun is heating things up pretty quickly out there. tom kierein joins us with the first forecast.
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tom, it was a hot one at 6:00 this morning. >> okay. and so now it's just stupid hot. it's already hitting the mid-90s here. it's 11:00 in the morning. the temperature at reagan national, 96 degrees. it is in the mid-90s all around most of virginia, most of maryland. now, right near the bay, it's a bit cooler, a little bit of a breeze off the bay. it's around 90 there. and out in the mountains, not much relief there, even some of the higher elevations are around 90 degrees here before noontime. look at the heat index. it's now 103. the heat index is the combination of humidity and temperature. that's what it feels like, 103 already here at 11:05 in the morning. and it is only going to get hotter as we get into the afternoon hours. so this is extreme heat and you definitely need to respect it and just do not overexert outside. if you do have to work outside, definitely take frequent breaks
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and get into the ac from time to time. and if you don't have to be outside, just stay in, stay with us here at nbc 4, stay in the ac. there's the view from space. we do have the haze all around our region now, and we'll have that milky blue hazy sky into the afternoon. high temperatures reaching near 10 10 100 degrees. the record, 99, set on this date, the record for day, that was back in 1993, and we'll likely exceed that. the heat index up to as much as 110 by midafternoon. a look at a break on the way for the weekend. we'll look at that and into next week coming right up, barbara. >> good to hear that. thanks so much, tom. we'll see you shortly. , johnson's resignation takes effect on monday. the council will hold a special election within 90 days. there are potential candidates. johnson had to step down after he along with her husband were found guilty in a criminal bribery and extortion case.
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>> the redkins park in ash bushburne, there'll be 11 open practices between now and march 15th that's ryan kerrigan. the skins picked im16th overall out of perdue. the redskins say they now have contracts with all of their draft picks. and there are other new faces at redskins practice today
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too. the team signed steven bowen to a five-year contract yesterday. they also added ravens' offensive lineman chris chester to their roster. they also picked up a punter. he's spent the past four years with the philadelphia eagles. the future of one university in virginia is in jeopardy, and some of its foreign students may be forced to leave the country immediately. this after federal agents raided the school's offices. news 4 has learned immigration officials are concerned that the university of northern virginia has been allowing too many foreign students into the country. right now, the school can't admit anymore foreign students. unva students must also leave the country right away if they can't continue attending classes and abide by the rule of their student visas. >> lots of students are coming from india, to getting the visa on u.s. embassy. >> but you went to school?
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>> yes. yes. we have attend regular classes all in a week and attend the examine and all the things. i don't know what is the problem. >> the university of northern virginia is an unaccredited for-profit private college. no one has been arrested yet in connection with this investigation. a potential privacy breach at a local school, a hard drive that contained student information is missing from a prince william county public school. the external hard drive disappeared from glen kicker elementary in shinesville. the information does not include social security numbers. parents are being notified and school officials will be available next monday and tuesday to answer questions from parent on the possible theft. nine minutes after 11:00 is our time right now. and coming up, how police tracked down an awol soldier accused of planning an attack on fellow soldiers at ft. hood. plus, using less gasoline. the new standards for fuel
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economy standards are announced today. stay with us. we'll be right back. p
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a developing story out of new hampshire now, as police are looking for a missing 11-year-old girl. authorities from virginia, new york, and philadelphia are helping in the search for celina cass. she disappeared from her home on monday night. she lives about a mile from the u.s./canada border. right now there are no indications that celina ran away nor are there any signs of any
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struggle. they have not issued an amber alert and are currently treating ate as a missing persons case. police arrested an awol soldier in texas accused of planning an attack on fellow soldiers. police say they found potential bomb-making materials and at least one gun in his motel room. he also told authorities he was planning to attack fellow soldiers near the military post, where 13 people were killed in a shooting spree almost two years ago. a former astronaut and navy captain who made headlines for an attack on a romantic rival is back in the news today. the secretary of the navy has decided to kick lisa nowak out of the service. top brass say that nowak, who is from rockville, will be forced to retire with other than an honorable discharge. that type of discharge may affect her veterans benefits. her pay grade was knocked down one rank from captain to commander. you may remember, she was arrested in 2007 after driving from houston to orlando to
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confront another woman who was dating her boyfriend. she had diapers in the car with her at time, but nowak denies that she ever wore them. she was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges. and new today, president obama is announcing new fuel economy standards. the president is at the washington convention center with the annual capital auto show is held. under the new deal, by 2025, cars and trucks need to average 54 miles per hour. executives from nine automakers, including the big three american companies, are at the press conference as well. president obama says this plan represents america's future. not only in the short-term, but in the long-term as well. >> this agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we've ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. think about that. >> the plan to increase fuel mileage is a gradual one. the first step is a minimize of
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34 miles a gallon for cars and trucks by the end of 2016. drivers aren't seeing any relief at the pump right now as gas prices are climbing back up. the national average right now is at $3.70, up a penny from a week ago. d.c. is once again closing in on $4. it's up three cents in the past week to $3.92 a gallon on average. maryland drivers are paying about $3.71, two cents more than last week. virginia is up a penny to $3.62 and west virginia is the same. drivers there are paying $3.70 a gallon on average. and right now, tropical storm don is threatening to ruin vacations for some people along the texas coastline. officials turned away campers arriving at the padre island national seashore in south texas. tropical storm don is swirling out there in the gulf of mexico right now. don is expected to make landfall some time tomorrow morning. many texans are actually looking
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forward to the rain, actually, because it's been so hot down there. nearly the entire state has been an extreme drought. tom can tell us more about that and what don is up to. what's it look like right now? >> it's a minimal tropical storm, but what they do need is the rain. it's not even going to produce a lot of rain. they get a half an inch to an inch of rain, but they'll take every drop they can get. they've had an ongoing drought there for most of this year. here, we've had a little bit of a drought going here. it's abnormally dry at least as far as rainfall goes. that's the way it feels. look at that hazy, i have to use the "y" word, yucky sky. it is extremely humid right now. a steamy 96 at reagan national. the dew point's up at 70. that gives us a high humidity. the wind coming in right now out of the west and northwest. it's going to be sort of shifting around as the day progresses. and as we look at other temperatures, it has hit the low and mid-90s from the shenandoah valley all the way to the atlantic beaches. right on the bay, though, right
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on the tidal potomac, any breeze off the water certainly feels pleasant. the water temperatures are around 80 degrees or so, so there's a nice breeze in indianapolis there at 91, but inland it's well into the 90s. prince george's county, now mid-90s as well as in much of montgomery county and much of fairfax county and orarlington county, the mid-90s there as well. the dew points are near 70. whenever they're that high, that is just a very sweltering humidity. the dew point at la plata, it's 75. as a result, the heat index, the feels-like temperature, the combination of the temperature and the humidity, the feels-like temperature is well over 100 now in most locations. right now the index in washington, 103. it feels like 108 in easton on the eastern shore, as they have got high humidity there. now, as we look at what's been happening over the last 12 hours, we had a few showers overnight that passed far north and east of washington and now
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we've got the hazy sky, all over the entire region, allowing that sun to cook us and it will, as the afternoon progresses, and as we go forward, over the next 24 hours, we'll just have maybe a few high clouds coming in, just a slight chance of an isolated shower on the eastern shore where they have more humidity. and then as we get into tonight, we'll have just a few clouds, maybe, but otherwise, hazy and muggy through the night. but then, our wind shifting through the north suggest on saturday. and that will give us a few clouds as well as bring down the humidity. it does look like it will be turning less humid. so for the rest of the afternoon, we'll have that milky blue sky and the heat index may get as hot as 110 in the midafternoon as highs climb to the low 90s. the highest temperatures may be from fredericksburg, culpepper, to warrenton, to charlottesville through central virginia. we'll have a southeasterly breeze. overnight tonight, we'll have a hazy, muggy evening. we'll have that heat index early evening, still in the 90s, as
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the temperatures will be in the mid-90s early evening. it will drop back into the upper 80s by midnight. and if you want to seek relief, head to the beach. for the weekend, the water temperatures at the ocean right now in the 70s and for this weekend, looking great at the beaches. on saturday, afternoon highs, low 90s. we'll have a bit of a north-northeasterly wind, which will maybe give us 2 to 3-foot waves there on the beaches. on sunday, a partly cloudy day on sunday at the beaches. highs in the upper 80s. elsewhere on the weekend, low humidity moving in. afternoon highs, low to mid-90s and partly cloudy. then as we get into monday, more of the same. not too humid. as we get into next week, this dry pattern continues. we could use some rain. there is a small chance of a thundershower on monday evening and then again on thursday, just a small chance, though, otherwise, a dry and hot pattern all the way through the week. >> how many days so far have we hit the century mark? >> this year, we've done it
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several times. last friday we got to 102. we may be near that today. >> wow, okay. thank you, tom. we'll talk to you again before the hour's over. it's now 11:19. still ahead on "news 4 midday," we'll sit down with the biggest winner from the d.c. lottery where me bought his $1 million ticket and how he plans to spend that money. and ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream. we're making frozen treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth on a hot day like this. but first, here's what's hot on nbc what makes the sleep number store different? you walk into a conventional mattress store, it's really not about you. they say, "well, if you want a firm bed you can lay on one of those, if you want a soft bed you can lay on one of those." we provide the exact individualization that your body needs. this is your body there. you can see a little more pressure in the shoulders and in the hips. then they start telling us, "well yeah, i feel sore right there in the morning." my lower back. that's right where i've been experiencing pain. now you can feel what happens
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what is better on a hot day than a frozen sweet treat? with some great ideas for summer treats, russell miller and liz from serendipity join us this morning. welcome. >> good to see you. >> i like your outfit. >> thank you very much. >> serendipity just opened not too long ago here in washington, but i can remember it from like 30 years ago in new york city, where everybody liked to go. i am dating myself, but it's been around a long time. but finally it's come to washington. tell us a little bit about it. >> the whole concept of serendipity is a fantastical, over the top, decadent experience. we have some amazing desserts, amazing food. everything comes out on a fantastic presentation. no one leaves hungry and no one leaves without being very impressed. >> and it started in new york. how old is it, actually? >> we opened back in 54. so we're over 50 years old now.
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we've been around for a long time. we know what works and what doesn't work, so we've only used the best in everything we've done. >> wow. looking at some of the things you've brought with you, some examples of what you have. i remember the foot-long hot dog from when i was a teenager. >> were you able to finish it? >> i did! i can still finish it, maybe more than one, but that is still a favorite there. and these little burgers, what do you call those? >> those are our kobe beef sliders. they're the size of most people's regular hamburgers, so. >> and of course, the hot pink color and all the wonderful things that are there remind people of the old-fashioned ice cream shop. we're going to learn how to make a few things. liz has come along, she's one of the chefs there, and she's going to show us how to make something. >> let's start with the fro-ho, it's frozen hot chocolate. >> we have 17 different flavors of cocoa powder we blend together, it's our own proprietary mix, so we're not going to tell everyone what it
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is, but we sell the cocoa powder at the restaurant if you want to make your own at home. >> what else is in there? some milk, and here it comes. going to get some milk too. >> you want to make sure that's cold too. don't want that to come out warm. >> how much milk? about a cup? >> 6 ounces of mil. >> and how much cocoa powder? >> 6 ounces as well. the same size of the packet, i believe. >> okay. and that, go ahead. >> blast it away. >> you put ice in there. >> and blend it until it's smooth. >> start blending. >> do you want to turn it on? >> it's loud. >> okay. and then you put a few ice cubes in and pour it out so we can have a look at it. the ice cubes help to make it thicker? >> absolutely. they blend together.
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it has the consistency of a milk shake, but it doesn't take like any milk shake you've ever had before. it's very sweet, very over the top. >> plain milk, but this particular -- >> yeah, it's our own cocoa powder mix. that's really what gives it that amazing, amazing flavor, the cocoa powder. you can blend hot chocolate mix at home with milk and ice and it's not going to taste anything like what we have here. >> ice feels good on a day like this. >> it does, it does. >> while we're waiting for her to pour that out, you'll show us how to make an amazing banana split as well? >> it is absolutely massive. it comes in this huge, huge container here. >> we've got about one minute left, if you can show us to do. >> sure. start peeling this open for you guys. >> does that just plop in here? >> sure. go ahead, throw it in. liz can -- >> then you get some strawberries. >> oh, strawberries.
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>> strawberries. chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and everything also goes all on top of the ice cream. >> bananas, strawberries, caramel sauce, a little chocolate. >> a little chocolate. >> this has a little bit of everything. >> we don't hold back anything. >> we actually sell quite a few of these. especially lately when it's been super, super hot. >> i can imagine. so you use vanilla ice cream. >> all of our toppings. it's definitely one of those wow desserts. when it comes out, everyone is taking pictures, they've got their cell phones out. >> let's taste some of that frozen hot chocolate. this looks beautiful. >> i'm spilling a little bit here. >> you can just imagine what it tastes like. wow. mm. wow. >> isn't that delicious? >> frozen hot chocolate. >> there's nothing like it. there's really nothing like it, ever. >> this is the great on a day like this.
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well, congratulations on the serendipity. i hear it's full all the time and it's hard to get in there. where is it located? >> we're right on the corner of "m" and wisconsin. it's downtown georgetown as you can get. >> russell and liz, thanks so much for coming and sharing serendipity with us here at news 4. and coming up in the next half hour of "news 4 midday," heat advisory. tom keierein is back with a loo at when to avoid the most dangerous heat. plus, a pilot's survival store following a crash into a lake. what he did for 18 hours to stay alive. and are they up to their old ways? where the salahis were seen last [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much.
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right now on "news 4 midday," house republicans spent the night reworking the debt limit bill, but lawmakers are running out of time. they only have four days left to strike a deal. just about an hour ago, president obama warned that u.s. will lose its top credit rating in default. he also urged people to keep pressure on lawmakers in congress. police say the truck driver who caused a chain reaction crash this morning will face charges. investigators say the driver didn't stop when traffic slowed for another accident on i-95, south of woodbridge. the crash caused a major backup, but no one was killed. the first woman attacked by that serial slasher who has been cutting women on their rear ends in northern virginia tells her story. >> it was about this long, and,
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i mean, it was like a gush. it was pretty deep. >> she agreed to speak with us on the condition we conceal her identity. the 20-year-old was pregnant at the time. she noticed a man following her as she walked out of the fair oaks mall back in february. >> all of a sudden, he's like right there behind me, and i felt like a pinch on bottom and i just thought he had like grabbed me and i was like, hey, like, you just cut my leggings, and he was like, no, no, no, it was my bag. >> police say the slasher is targeting women in their teens and early 20s. they say the suspect seen here used a small box cutter or razor in all five attacks in fairfax county. if you recognize him from that picture, please call police. a handful of teenagers are accused of breaking into a fire station in southeast washington. according to the "washington examiner," thieves ransacked the
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fire station along atlantic street on tuesday, while crews were out fighting the flames along savannah street. the burglars trashed the watch stacks and stole items including a uniform, a camera, a wallet, and a firefighter's bmw. the teens, aged 14 to 18, reportedly took the car for a joy ride and then ditched it. so far, there have been no arrests. police over the past five years, five months, that is, metro fired 20 bus drivers for using cell phones behind the wheel. according to the "washington examiner," metro caught all the drivers on camera. so far the cameras have also caught drivers speeding, driving without seat belts, and running red lights. metro suspended more than 200 bus operators for those offenses. well, leave your water bottles at home if you take metro today. the transit agency says it will not let riders drink water on its trains. metro made an exception to its zero tolerance policy on
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beverages last weekend because of the intense heat. riders were allowed to bring bottled water on board the trains. just how hot is it going to be out there today? let's check in with tom kierein now. tom? >> you can see the heat. here's a live picture from our sky wacher camera, looking towards downtown, which you can just barely make out the washington monument in the summer haze. and it is hot. that sun pouring down in this hazy sky. we've got the thick humidity looking into arlington now, and you can see the thick humidity there. visibilities are quite low, only about 5, 6, 7 miles or so with the haze. now we're looking into fairfax county. camera now panning over towards southern loudoun county and it is hazy and very humid there as well. and now we're looking intomonger county. there are the high-rises around chevy chase that we were unable to see earlier this morning. so actually the visibility has improved a little bit there. temperatures around the region, hot into the mid- and even upper 90s. now, look at fredericksburg, 97. culpepper, 97.
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those locations will probably get well over 100 degrees this afternoon. look at the heat index now in fredericksburg, at 107. here in washington, 103. heat index is a combination of humidity and temperature. that's what it feels like. and we do have the summer haze all around the region. we may get a few high clouds drifting in later tonight, and then lower humidity moving in, just in time for the weekend. saturday and sunday should be more pleasant. afternoon highs, low to mid-90s and partly cloudy. and that same pattern continuing into next week. only chance of rain may be monday evening and again on thursday, a small chance. that's the way it looks right now. stay cool. barbara? >> thank you, tom. cyclists will have a new trl to bike this weekend. tomorrow, the first part of the intercounty connector bike path will open in montgomery county. the 2 1/2 mile section will run from needwood road to emory lane. eventually, the trail will be more than 14 miles alongside the icc corridor. the state highway administration
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says the trail will allow bikers to ride from the shady grove station to the mark station in laurel. it's happened again. yet another bear has been sighted in loudoun county. this is the same neighborhood where a black bear was spotted earlier this week. animal control says it's the time of year 2-year-old cubs leave their dens. if you see a bear, it's important to leave it alone and to prevent a bear from wandering into your yard, be sure not to leave any food outside. a pilot's swimming skills, not to mention his endurance and determination, saved his life after his plane crash-landed in michigan's lake huron. michael trap had to tread water for 18 hours without a life jacket. he said he swam 15 miles and could see the shore, but couldn't make it through the current. finally, a fishing boat saw him and plucked him out of the water. trap said he thought of his family and he said it was that that kept him afloat the whole
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time. >> i don't know how much time i had. i muscles were really sore and i had all the energy just left enough to wave my arm with a sock on it. and that's what the people that finally found me saw, that sock waving, and it was a lot of effort just to make that sock wave. >> trap says he's sore now, but doing pretty well other than that. the d.c. lottery will award the first d.c. gold $1 million grand prize at the nationals game tonight. the same place the scratcher was purchased earlier this month. and the man getting that prize is timothy rouck, i hope i'm pronouncing that right, but he joins us now. did you pick the numbers yourself? >> actually, off the scratcher, a scratch ticket. about two days prior, i looked online and saw that the grand prize was unclaimed still. took a shot, played $80, a
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little risky, but turned out to be a big win. >> have you ever played before? >> my wife and i play off and on, just for fun. just one of those things we do every off and on. >> how much did you win? >> it was $1 million. >> what a surprise, huh? >> it's been a little overwhelming. >> when did you realize that you'd won? >> i saw the ticket and i couldn't believe it for a few days. about 24 hours after i claimed the ticket, we went down to the d.c. headquarters to validate, and that's when they said, yep, it's a winner. >> well, tell me, i often wonder, why do folks wait? i think if i scratch it and saw it, i'd be there 15 minutes later. >> well, it was about 11:00 at night when i won, and called them and told them i had a ticket that said i had won $1 million. they said they would call me back. i put it in a lock box, and they called me the next morning. >> did you call anybody else? your wife?
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>> i called my wife and told her that night. she didn't believe me, so a friend that was with me, so he took a picture and sent it. >> where's your wife? >> she's in the military as well. >> and you are in the military? >> yes. i just got back from iraq in march. >> how long were you deployed? >> for six months. >> wow. what a great homecoming, huh? >> oh, yes, it's been really nice. my wife and i have finally been able to go on a honeymoon and now we'll be able to go on another one. >> what do you think you'll do with that money? >> i'm investing some money for my nieces and nephews and my future children for college. >> what are your plans after the military? >> i'm not sure yet. i still have a year and a half left in, and i'll probably stay in some capacity, if not guard or reserve if not active
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capacity. >> you said for your future children? >> right now we don't have any kids, just have two dogs, but eventually. i just got a call earlier today that the house i was in the middle of we were trying to buy, we just got closed on. so we'll be able to buy a house. it's been a good week for me. >> it certainly has. so you're a brand-new homeowner? >> yes, ma'am. >> so that $1 million will help with that. >> yes. >> well, congratulations, and we're so glad you stopped by to share your good news. still ahead, when and where to save money on back-to-school shopping. plus, a look at what's new on the movies this weekend,
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tylenol is making changes to its maximum dose recommendation for its extra strength products. the manufacturer, johnson & johnson, is lowering the number of pills you should take in one day from eight to six. johnson & johnson recommends a lower dosage to prevent patients from overdosing on acetaminophen, the active ingredient in pain medicine. too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage. if you use twitter, you'll notice something new in your extreme -- ads. the social networking company announced so-called promoted tweets would begin appearing from organizations you already follow. the ads will only appear once in the timeline and will go away if
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you click on it, on the ad itself. but they will not be pushed down as more tweets come in. so you'll always see them near the top of your stream. virginia parents, you may want to get your back-to-school shopping done this weekend. you could save some serious cash. the commonwealth is holding its sales tax holiday next friday through saturday. you won't pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, and other supplies under $20. you can also treat yourself to a new outfit, shoes and clothes that are less than $100 will also be tax-free. changes are in the works for the popular eastern market, and it could mean fewer vendors. a new development could cut down the available space by two-thirds at eastern market. the development will be built where the closed junior high school is located. the good news, it would include a new plaza for the market. the project still needs to be approved by d.c.'s historic preservation review board. one of the world's best golfers is returning to the
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course next week. tiger woods announced that he will play in next week's bridgestone invitational. it will be his first appearance since withdrawing from the players championship back in may because of his leg and achilles tendon injuries. he missed the u.s. open as well as the british open while recovering from those injuries. and soccer superstars might be god's everywhere else, but yesterday they were just trespassers. members of the spanish soccer club, fc barcelona, wanted to practice on the ellipse, but park police gave them the boot. they said groups of ten or more are not allowed that close to the white house. the group is in d.c. for the champions legal final rematch against manchester united. the game is at fedex field on saturday. this is kind of a crazy
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scenario. the wild, wild west meets science fiction in this action thriller called cowboyss and ali aliens. daniel craig plays a stranger who shows up with no idea who he is or where he came from. soon, alien invaders show up tearing the town apart. the town must fight back against these extraterrestrials. "cowboys & aliens" is rated pg-13. steve carell plays a 40-something who just found out his wife is having an affair and he wants a divorce, or maybe she wants a divorce. he meet s suave playboy ryan gosling. and his son is crazy for his older babysitter. and you've got to be smurfing me. the lovable blue creatures hit the big screen in 3-d.
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the smurfs travel through a porthole into the real world, where they meet neil patrick harris and stumble through new york city. they must get back to their world before the evil gargamel hurts them and gets them, whatever he's going to do to them. we're not sure. "the smurfs" is rate ed pg. you'll have to see it to find out what their problems are. coming up, the salahis crash yet another party. and tom looks ahead to whether the heat and humidity will stick around.
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a tough morning for stocks after a dismal report on the economic growth and the debt crisis far from settled. cnbc's seema mody joins us live with that and all the business news. good morning. >> very good morning to you, barbara. thanks so much for that. well, a lot of economic data that we're watching today just ahead of the opening bell this morning, the commerce department said gross domestic product expanded at a 1.3% rate in the second quarter, below the 1.6% forecast by economists. and the university of michigan gauge of consumer sentiment also came out this morning. that fell in july to its lowest level since march of 2009. but economic reports were overshadowed amid stalled efforts to come to an agreement on hiking the nation's debt ceiling. with only four days to go before
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a threatened default. the president this morning urged democrats and republicans in the senate to come together on a plan that can pass the house and that he can sign. he spoke at the white house as a bill by john boehner to lift the debt ceiling and slash spending remained unexpectedly falled after boehner failed to muster the necessary votes. obama said we're almost out of time. and back to the markets, we are in the middle of earnings season, and one major corporation, that would be chevron corporation, the second largest u.s. oil company, they reported a jump in quarterly profit this morning, beating wall street forecasts as high oil prices and fat refinery margins offset a drop in its oil output. also doing well was am jen this morning. they came out with their results beating estimates. and merck, another biotech company beat the estimates this morning. barbara, back to you. >> a little good news there on wall street. thanks a lot, seema. now to the lighter side of
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the news. tommy mcfly from 94.7 fresh f.m. is here with our friday wrap-up. >> what a friday it is. >> you've got a lot to tell us about. first, your favorite folk, the salahis, back in the news again. they crashed another d.c. party. whose party? >> i was at famous, a really cool political, capitol hill funny blog that throws fun parties for their readers. i went to their happy hour downtown. >> you're right there with them. >> all of a sudden, they roll up, but they didn't just show up, they crashed through the door with a camera crew, a sound guy, a bunch of photographers, she had a microphone on, and some guy who had a suit, but the suit had shorts. this guy has an australian accent, and she's being really cagey saying, i'm a project. so i put my journalist hat on and found out they're working with an australian soap company that's doing a publicity stunt to offer the u.s. government $25 million to rename the white
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house. >> and what do they want to name it? >> like the crystal white -- whatever their name is, like fedex field, they want naming rights to the white house -- >> how much? >> $25 million. >> that won't make much of a dent. >> i'm not sure it's treason, but it's definitely lame. >> i wouldn't be surprised if someone wouldn't think it was a good idea. >> they've been very cagey about it. and it's funny, because tareq was there and he said, they're reopening the winery and all this stuff, but we shall see. >> i wanted to talk to you about this. a new survey shows single women in d.c. are having a harder time finding a man than they did in the past. >> call me! >> do you want to give your phone number? >> it's >> so are we losing men or gaining women? >> i think maybe we're gaining
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women, because last year the survey went out that we were the second best. all the single ladies got on the bus and flocked here. exactly. >> that means you've got a whole big group to choose from. >> call me. >> one thing we found, as i just said, there were more single women, but where do people go to meet people? you've got to find the people. if they're not working with you at 947 fresh f.m., where are they going to go? >> there's rules against that, i can't date them. but if you go to a bar, that stinks. a lot of people are going to online dating. one in four relationships start online now. it's kind of creepy, i don't do that. but trolling the grocery store isn't a bad idea. >> what's your pickup line in a grocery store? >> hey. there's some melon joke there, but not on live tv. >> so you'd ask a question about how you pick a watermelon or something?
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>> yeah. >> thump it. that's how i always heard to do it. >> we started a conversation. how about that. >> finally, you had dr. oz on your show this morning to talk about health hazards in the workplace. what did he say? >> he said there are some things you're doing in your office that could actually kill you. >> every hour you sit down, if you have a desk jobs, you increase 11% for death. if you want to sit for an hour or two, that's fine, but get up and move around. people who get up and go to the other person's desk, they're the ones who are thin. that extra little bit of fidgeting burns off a huge amount of call release during the day. >> he says, you buzz around this gorgeous set, so you'll be fine. let's just get up and leave. he's in town -- his producers are in town this week casting for his show. so if you have a medical question, you can go there between 10:00 and 2:00 to center court on saturday. >> tomorrow? >> mm-hmm. >> okay.
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>> tommy mcfly, great to see you! glad you're back. we'll see you next friday we're going to take a look at some of the stories we're following on news 4 this afternoon. we'll have the very latest on the debate on capitol hill over the debt limit. also ahead at 4:00, a difficult decision. what do you do if you find a bag filled with thousands of dollars? and what's old is new again. tonight on news 4 at 5:00, go inside a kickball league offering young professionals a new way to unwind. and time for a final check on our forecast. hey, tom. >> we still have the humidity. we still have the heat. and it's still july. it's washington. this is kind of typical. once in a while, we get these very hot days. there is the hazy sky looking into fairfax county. a live view from the sky watcher camera. we are in the mid- and upper 90s now. look at washington, now 99 degrees, at just a little bit before noontime. 99 is the record high for this date, set back in 1993. so we have now tied the record high for the day. and it's not even noon yet, and
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we do have temperatures all around the region, accompanied by high humidity. so the heat index has climbed over 100. it now feels like 105 in washington. fredericksburg, heat index there, 107. and we do have the hazy sky all around our region. it will be with us here throughout the afternoon, allowing that sun to really heat us up. it will be around, hovering near 100 degrees from now all the way through the rest of the afternoon. actually getting into the low 100s in many locations, and the heat index, up to 110. saturday and sunday, a little less humid and a little bit cooler too. partly cloudy both days. as we get into next week, not too humid. monday night, might have a thundershower or on thursday. that's how it looks. have a great weekend. see you on monday morning. >> thank you, tom. you have a gate weekend too. meet the newest youtube celebrity. we've had plenty of them. this is the latest. rosy, the smaller dog, keeps running around and playing with
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her friend. after a few playful nips at her friend, the friend bites back and rosy goes down. her playmate, obviously confused, just stares at her until rosy pops up and starts playing again. the person taking the video says this kind of attention seeking isn't unusual for rosy. that's "news 4 midday" for today and for this week. thank you for being with us and invite you to tune in for more news at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and tonight at 11:00. we've news all through the weekend. and i'll be back on monday morning at 11:00 a.m. with "news 4 midday." hope you'll plan to join us. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for our best price -- just $84.99 a month for a year -- only available online. go to to sign up, and save $360 in the first year.
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